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Apr 27, 2010 01:43 PM

Vietnamese Fresh Wrapper Spring Rolls

Any opinions on the best in the city?

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  1. No, but I can tell you the worst: House of Siam on Tremont. Runner Up: Le's (nee Pho Pasteur) in Harvard Sq. Both are full to the brim with lettuce and very little else. House of Siam has the temerity to charge you an arm and leg for it, too.

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    1. re: litchick

      Have to disagree on the Le's, at least for the ones with charred pork inside. Quite tasty. Not to be confused with the drier shredded pork.

      1. re: marcreichman

        All I can tell you is that when I've ordered the basic fresh rolls over the last year, they've been 98% shredded lettuce.

        1. re: litchick

          Barmy and I shared an order this evening, and litchick is right - they were nothing but lettuce.

          1. re: litchick

            I've had a very similar experience at Le's- actually, I remember it as 98% bean sprouts, but maybe it was lettuce! Completely bland and disappointing, and it actually made me appreciate that the ones from the Goosebeary's truck at MIT aren't nearly as bad as that. (I generally hate Goosebeary's, but this is one of the two things I'll tolerate from them)

            1. re: another_adam

              One of the most disgusting things I ever "ate" (I only had two bites and had to throw it out) was from Goosebeary's. *shudders* Not everything is that bad, but their food seems to range from mediocre at best to downright awful. The lines there boggle my mind.

              I actually had fresh rolls from Xinh Xinh the other day that were marvelous. Heavy on lettuce still, but the grilled pork that was in them were flavored quite well, so that with each bite you still got a decent taste of that roasted, grilled meat taste.

              Xinh Xinh
              7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

              1. re: kobuta

                I also enjoy them at Xinh Xinh. Very nicely wrapped.

                Xinh Xinh
                7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

        2. re: litchick

          there is a real good place on dorchester av in savin hill. a block or 2 away from d bar heading away from boston.

          1. re: litchick

            Worst are the ones at the Cheesecake factory. I should know better but I was desperate at the mall. They're a mess.

          2. Best avacado (when they have them) and shrimp spring rolls is 163 Vietnamese on 66 Harrison Ave Boston... best sandwiches also.

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            1. re: MeffaBabe

              Totally agree - their banh mi are the best I've found in Chinatown. I have had the fresh rolls, and they were great. Their vegetarian fried spring rolls are awesome - one of the few cases where I prefer a vegetarian option. You can really taste the deliciousness of the wood ears. I also want to try the deep fried pork dumplings.

            2. who has the best deepfried spring rolls with crackly rice-paper wrappers?

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              1. re: barleywino

                The best one is at Pho#1 which is filled with marinated chargrilled meat inside and shrimp on the outside just under the wrapper. Spring rolls are the easiest thing to make so just make it yourself by putting whatever you like in it.

                I've yet to see in MA a restaurant deepfried eggroll using these clear crackly spring roll wrappers. Even in Cali you see them at a selected few VNmese restaurants.

                1. re: joebloe

                  yes i used to get them at Lemongrass (VNmese resto) in Seattle, not very common I guess

                  1. re: barleywino

                    Oh how I miss Lemongrass and the Tamarind Tree rolls at TT...

                    Thanks for the input everyone. I'm trying to find a place where I can special order quite a few for a party. The tofu rolls at the little spot next to the jewelry store on Washington St. are not bad, but are not the greatest either.
                    I would make them myself, but I won't have the time for chopping/prep.

              2. take the T into Lowell - awesome ones everywhere - I love Pho 88, and SouthEast Asia:

                you are talking about garden rolls right? not fried, fresh? (Goi Cuon - Garden Roll -Rice paper rolls filled with garden vegetables, herbs, and spiced pork or shrimp


                Pho 88
                1270 Westford St, Lowell, MA 01851

                1. sunrise cafe in dorchester lets you roll your own so you get exactly the balance that you want. tasty bbq pork on the plate

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                  1. re: Wannabfoode

                    second sunrise - also love their can chua and their chicken salad - great fresh spring rolls